Parcel Shipping or LTL Shipping? Which to Choose and When

Shippers are always looking for new ways to save money and cut unnecessary expenditures. And one way to do so is by making the most cost effective and practical choice when it comes to shipping their goods. But, with the lines between parcel and traditional less-than-truckload carriers blurring, the decision on which service to choose has become more nuanced. So, …

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How to Calculate Freight Class in 4 Simple Steps

As the debate between density-based freight pricing and the class-based system rages on, it’s no secret that less-than-truckload carriers in the United States are steadily moving toward dimensional weight pricing regardless of shipper’s qualms – after all, density based pricing is already the standard in most parts of the world. That said, the shift is proving to be gradual as …

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How to Improve Your Warehouse Slotting System

In a warehouse or distribution center, slotting refers to the storage and organization of goods in a manner that maximizes storage space and improves the efficiency of picking and pulling operations. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually something we all do every day, whether we know it or not. Consider your pantry as an example. The bread, cereal and …

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A Short Guide to Researching, Buying, & Implementing a Pallet Dimensioner

The topic of dimensional weight pricing in the LTL transport industry has been covered at length as major LTL carriers like FedEx, UPS, Old Dominion Freight, SAIA, Estes Express Lines, YRC Freight and others have started using DIM weight as a key component in their rate calculations for shippers. In fact, many LTL’s are already using automatic pallet dimensioners to …

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How to Calculate Dimensional Weight

With major package and less-than-truckload carriers like FedEx, UPS, YRC Freight, Old Dominion Freight Line, Estes Express Lines and others making use of dimensional weight pricing, it’s become more important for shippers to learn how to calculate the dimensional weight of their large freight and parcels. With that in mind, we’ve provided a formula, along with a couple tips to …

How to Pack Your Pallet: Techniques for Improving Pallet Density & Stability

It takes a lot of work by a lot of people to ensure that the millions of goods shipped each day arrive at their final destinations on time and in good condition. But for every 100 shipments that arrive unscathed, there are a few that arrive in less-than-perfect condition, and sometimes, the damages sustained during shipment can be attributed to …

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Collecting on Freight Claims – How to be Successful

Admittedly, the process for collecting on freight damage claims is more complicated than it probably needs to be, but that shouldn’t keep you from collecting what you’re owed. If you’re ready to stop losing money on claims collections, take a look at our top tips for being successful. Document your freight before it’s shipped If you’re not already in the …

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Top 10 LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers – and How to Avoid Them

LTL shipping can be an efficient way to move freight when it doesn’t make sense to ship a full truckload. But, it’s easy to lose money on costly mistakes if you’re not careful. If you want to see what you might be doing wrong, and avoid potential pitfalls, take a look at our list of the top 10 most common …

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Choose the Best Pallet for Your Business (Infographic)

Billions of goods are shipped every day, and nearly all them are shipped on pallets. Foods, fertilizers, chemicals, car parts, children’s toys, tires — virtually anything you can think of — spends part of its life on top of a pallet. And while some organizations estimate that as much as 90% of all pallets in circulation are still made of …

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How To Lower Your Shipping Costs – A Big Opportunity Most Shippers Miss

We’re all looking for ways to save our businesses money. And when we open our books to seek out opportunities, one place we all inevitably land is shipping and logistics. Why? Well, if your business ships any kind of volume, you probably see a big number in that column, and big numbers tend to stand out. So how do you …